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Students are starting careers while in school

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Kevin Mensah
The BGSU Career Center, located in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Although working in school can be an overwhelming task, gaining experience in a field of study prior to graduating through internships and other opportunities can help build a resume and practical skills. 

Through networking, job fairs and other events, BGSU students are finding ways to involve themselves in their field right away.

“I currently work as a nursing technician at Bluffton Hospital, which is a branch of the Blanchard Valley Health System. I decided to apply here the summer after my first year of college, and I got lucky that someone saw my potential and chose me over some applicants who had more experience and education,” said Makayla Bok, a third-year pre-med student. 

Bok began early, focusing on her career following her first year. By working at a hospital, she said she is gaining real-world experience and creating connections with co-workers while gaining hours towards her degree.

“To apply to a master’s program as a physician’s assistant, you are required to have a certain number of patient interaction hours. Working as a nursing tech allows me to earn those hours while gaining hands-on experience in the field,” said Bok. “I want to go into the field of medicine because I enjoy learning about the human body and diseases and want to be able to use that knowledge to help make diagnoses for patients who are often pushed to the side and have their symptoms invalidated for various reasons.”

Planning to graduate in the spring, Shelby Brooks, a fifth-year psychology student is also working in her field.

Sunshine Communities is an organization that supports people and children with developmental disabilities. Brooks works as a direct support professional (DSP) and says that she is working there in order to gain experience to be a therapist.

“This is my second job being a DSP. I realized that you only need a high school degree, and I saw a listing, so I applied. Once I graduate, I plan to work for a few years before I get my master’s and then eventually my license to practice,” said Brooks.

Brooks and Bok have helped to set themselves apart from other students by gaining practical experience in their field prior to graduation. Working can help to show employers that a student is dedicated, knowledgeable and can open up doors to desired career paths.

Gaining internships before graduating from college is crucial for numerous reasons. This experience can be invaluable when searching for a job after graduation, as many employers look for candidates with relevant work experience. Additionally, networking allows students to network with professionals in their field and build relationships that could lead to future job opportunities.

Students can start looking into their careers early with networking events held by BGSU. These events include the Kuhlin Hub Career EXPO Week, Expand Your Horizons Fair and Job & Internship Fair. Networking is important for students because it can lead to valuable connections and opportunities in their future careers.

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